Garden Photo of the Day

Chip’s garden in California

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan

Today’s photos are from Chip Milligan. He says, “I live in San Diego, California, on a 1/4-acre with my husband and two dogs. I grow a wide variety of drought-tolerant plants and am more interested in combining different textures of plants than displaying a lot of flowers, although I love flowers :).

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan

“We have lived here for 7 years, and watching the garden evolve has been such a pleasure. I recently became a Master Gardener for San Diego County.”

Congrats on your new Master Gardener status, Chip! Your garden is beautiful, and I am intrigued by that burgundy prickly pear cactus. And is that spiky plant beneath the tree a furcraea? It’s lovely!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Chip Milligan

I’ll choose randomly from everyone who sends me photos for the GPOD by Monday morning, November 26th (email to [email protected] or [email protected]–Click HERE for details) to receive a free copy of 1 of the 4 books shown in the last photo–your choice!

Here they are:
Zen Gardens by Mira Locher
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen
Front Yard Idea Book by Jeni Webber
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour

As I’ve been saying for the last week or so, GPOD submissions get a bit sparse in winter. We don’t want me having a panic attack every afternoon as I frantically search for something to post, do we? Help a girl out… In the meantime, have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, you Americans, and for everyone else, have a wonderful…3rd week of November!

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  1. Miyako 11/21/2012

    Your garden looks very airy and cool, though it must be quite hot there. I love the fact that it seems like a very calm and cool place, and you created it with tropical and desert plants.

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    meander_michaele 11/21/2012

    Chip, your garden looks so much more extensive than the 1/4 acre you describe it to be. It's always fun to see plantings that emphatically says, "you're not in Kansas, anymore"...ha, or in my case, Tennessee! I agree with Michelle that that burgundy cactus is quite intriguing.
    Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all my fellow GPOD readers!

  3. tractor1 11/21/2012

    So many interesting succulents/cacti without being crowded and overgrown. I like how the patio shades when not needed add another dimension billowing at the top. And that fountain is a stunner, and with that view in the distance looking like down town San Diego creates yet another dimention. Thank you, Chip.

  4. cwheat000 11/21/2012

    Lovely, the picture of scabiosa is just beautiful the way the light is hitting it. Your dog is super cute.

  5. cwheat000 11/21/2012

    I just tried to catch up with the last few days of GPOD. I missed some beautiful gardens. I was trying to figure out what tractor1's cute cat photo was about. I hope Newt is doing well. He is a very handsome kitty. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  6. pattyspencer 11/21/2012

    Really nice mix of plants. I love that burgandy cactus!

    Tractor1 - glad Newt is home and seems to be doing well - hope mama cat takes good care of him!

    To all stateside gardening friends here - hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!!

  7. annek 11/21/2012

    Beautiful garden and great photography!

  8. sheila_schultz 11/21/2012

    Absolutely fabulous Chip. The agave with the Spanish Moss is perfect... I love it all! You definitely have an artist's eye when it comes to texture. Have a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

  9. tractor1 11/21/2012

    pattyspencer: Newt seems to be doing well, he eats and uses his potty but mostly he sleeps. He won't have contact with the other cats for a week, he needs time to heal before he does much moving about. Thank you for asking. And everyone have a Happy Holiday!

  10. Jodiepcook 11/29/2012

    Chip, I love the table display. The burlap table cloth is so pretty with the blue vases. I also love the lantern photo! Is that a Hong Kong Orchid in full bloom behind? It's just a great shot. I'm up in San Clemente, so share the same climate as you. What do you mulch with?

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